Torstraße 1, formerly only known as Soho House, and by now also home to the fabulous The Store and its Kitchen, got a new addition: a fancy Italian place going by the name of Cecconi’s. Originated in Venice, this Italian restaurant can be found in London, West Hollywood, Miami Beach, Istanbul and now also in Mitte. Serving dishes from Northern Italy in an Art-Deco inspired and quite luxe interior, it’s a prime spot for important business meetings, fancy dates and any time you want a decent pizza baked in the most gorgeous marble oven.
Not to say that the interior is more important than the food (never), but the combination of good cooking in an elegant yet cool surrounding rarely fails to impress me: red leather, dark wood and shiny brass meet white marble tops, and a stunning black and white marble floor on the ground floor of this 1920s departmentstore building. The huge windows onto Torstraße will be opened in the summer to make room for a terrace.
And no, you don’t need to be a member of Soho House to enjoy all this. Like the picturesque burrata with tomatoes, avocado and pistachio (14 Euro), or one of the pizzas. As you know, I always go for the basic version to judge how much I like it before I’d go on to try their black truffle, courgette flower and goat cheese (22 Euro). So while yes, the expensive design is reflected in a menu with dishes like spaghetti lobster (30 Euro), there’s plenty simple dishes like the pictured pizza with buffalo mozzarella and basil (12 Euro), the fresh garganelli bolognese (14 Euro) or the aubergine parmigiana (14 Euro). What is so very worth the price are the desserts, their by now already famous profiteroles with pistachio and glugs of chocolate sauce, as well as a stunning rhubarb crostata with vanilla ice cream that I didn’t want to finish (because pizza) but had to because that crust was pure, buttery deliciousness. And rhubarb is my true love anyway.
Pictured behind the crostata is another very good dessert – though I’m biased because it’s probably my favorite – a raspberry pavlova with raspberry sorbet. So Cecconi’s is definitely a spot that is worth visiting, even for desserts only. Something I wanna turn into a thing, especially when I think of that one special vanilla soufflé.
Disclaimer: I’ve been invited to this lunch by Cecconi’s, but have been eating here before.